Tables are effective ways to present data, and they are pretty simple to use in MIcrosoft Word 2010. But if you import a table from another program, or if you need to make structural changes to a table, it might not be immediately obvious how to do so.
Fortunately Word 2010 includes some specific menus that feature options that handle the layout and design aspects of your table, which makes it a relatively simple process to delete a column from a table that you have inserted into your document.
Remove a Column from a Table in Word 2010
This article is specifically about deleting a column from a table that you have inserted into a Word document. If you want to delete a column that is not part of a table from a Word document, then you can read this article. But if you are modifying the structure of a Word table you can follow our steps below.
Step 1: Open the document in Word 2010.
Step 2: Click inside the table column that you want to delete. In the image below, I want to delete column 5.
Step 3: Click the Layout tab under Table Tools at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Delete button in the ribbon, then click the Delete Columns option.
You can repeat this process for any other columns that you want to remove from your Word table.
Does your table look odd after you have removed a couple of columns? Learn how to center a table in Word 2010 to improve how a smaller table looks on the page.
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